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Friday 23 August 2019

Charles Allan Gilbert's charcoal drawing, “Profile Portrait of a Woman Facing Left”, 1903

Charles Allan Gilbert (1873–1929)

Gilbert was an American Illustrator famous for his often reproduced memento mori drawing, “All Is Vanity” (1892) (see that was later  referenced in Def Leppard's album cover, "Retro Active" (1993) ( Interestingly, the portrayed lady on the left has a striking resemblance to the charcoal portrait shown here.

“Profile Portrait of a Woman Facing Left”, 1903, charcoal on wove paper, signed, dated and backed with a support sheet.
Size: 47 x 34.5 cm.
Hand-signed by the artist and dated at lower right: “C. Allan Gilbert/ 1903”.

See another drawing by Gilbert similar to this portrait (but in ink rather than charcoal) with biographical details about this artist at Zaidan Gallery:

Condition: The sheet is in near pristine condition considering the age of the drawing (i.e. there are no tears, holes, folds, abrasions, foxing, significant stains or signs of handling). Nevertheless, there is a small border (5 mm) of light toning to the paper appropriate to the drawing having been mounted in the past. The sheet is laid upon an archival support sheet of millennium quality washi paper.

I am selling this stunningly beautiful drawing of a young woman exemplifying the spirit of La Belle Époque age for the total cost of AU$670 (currently US$452.83/EUR406.14/GBP368.55 at the time of posting this listing) including postage and handling to anywhere in the world.

If you are interested in purchasing this sensitively executed study capturing in minimal strokes the mercurial “spark of life” that only the finest artist can express, please contact me ( and I will send you a PayPal invoice to make the payment easy.

This drawing has been sold

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